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Address: 12607 Catoctin Furnace Road, Thurmont, MD 21788
Phone Number: 301-271-7574
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Built in 1776 and located at Cunningham Falls State Park, this was the...

Built in 1776 and located at Cunningham Falls State Park, this was the first iron furnace constructed in rural Frederick County.

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On the way to Thurmont

Well preserved quick stop enroute to other sites....Interesting, Near the zoo and the covered bridges. But is not the main object of a tour. As a sidelight to the state parks... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 21, 2015
peggycostion
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Zullinger, Pennsylvania
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Zullinger, Pennsylvania
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24 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

Well preserved quick stop enroute to other sites....Interesting, Near the zoo and the covered bridges. But is not the main object of a tour. As a sidelight to the state parks though it gives insight to life in these mountains and farmlands 200 years ago.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

We visited this area last year and enjoyed the hike through the woods. We also followed the trail to see some of the other sites, like the old whiskey still. Very easy walk along the stream.

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Marlton, NJ
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143 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 214 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

Quick stop along a road trip and said ok let's continue to the next stop. Basically just the ruins of the furnace with a trail. Nice activity to waste some time but don't go out of our way for it. Free, small parking lot, one Mr Bob style bathroom.

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Thank KingCobra7003
Freedom, Pennsylvania, United States
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 via mobile

Stopped on a whim and so glad I did! Beautiful old ruins of the furnace and stone mansion along an easy trail.

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Leesburg, Virginia
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142 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

This is great park for hiking and picnicing. It is close to Route 15 and Cotoctin Forest and park. Well worth the short trip if you are in the area.

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New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

It's nothing spectacular like Hopewell Furnace in PA but it does have a nice, easy to walk 1/4 mile trail with 6 stops along the way describing the parts of the forest and how they were used with the furnace. Easy to find off of Rt. 15. We stopped on our way to Catoctin National Park. It doesn't cost anything,... More 

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Freeland, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015 via mobile

Liked the hike and self guided tour. Couldn't find a letterbox that was supposed to be hidden here but otherwise fun spot to explore.

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maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Nice leisure hike in the woods. Lots of wild flowers, a clear running stream, amd of course several historic landmarks.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Hard to believe that 100 years ago the glorious green hills around Thurmont were stripped bare to feed this iron mill and the fresh air here smelled like rotten eggs. Amazing how Mother Nature regenerates. Really interesting stop!

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Baltimore, Maryland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

There is not much left of interest at these old stone buildings that were Catoctin Furnace. The good news is it is free and right on the roadside. Combine it with a drive to the Cunningham Falls hike - and- Just north one minute is a unexpectedly diverse and fair sized zoo that is a gem in good weather.

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